Trends in naming children

@makingpots (11922)
United States
October 5, 2008 5:55pm CST
I've never been a trend follower so this didn't really surprise me.....But this weekend my son attended a birthday party and he was the only boy who's name did not end in "son". There was a Jamison, Cason, Brayson, Harrison, Grayson, and a Jason. We had to leave early and passed Noah and his parents arriving late. We gave them a high five and they looked at us strangely. Did you think about trends when you were naming your children? I did, for sure. Mostly because I used to be a teacher and know what it is like to have similarly named kids in one classroom. What about you?
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
6 Oct 08
Hi dear Well here we dont follow trend to nanme chidren, we try to look for name which is unique, not very common in society, have good meaning and sure dont look odd or too difficult to pronounce And Long list of name is made before deciding any name and one liked by most at home is finalized Really nice and differnt discussion Take care
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Sounds like a good system.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
6 Oct 08
Thanks for liking it i wont mind if i adopt the same sysatem when u have NEXT Kid
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I am afraid there will probably be no more children for me, cupid. I would like at least one more, but it does not seem to be in my cards.
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
6 Oct 08
Hello makingpots. It is interesting to have so many names with "son" in English. I have never noticed this as English is not my native language. Here when Chinese parents choose a name for their kids, they think about a good and meaningful word for their kids' name. The name I gave my son has the meaning of getting prosperous in all fields. hehehe.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
8 Oct 08
That is an excellent system for naming your children, williamjisir.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
6 Oct 08
I'm not a trend follower and we named our boys based on when they were born. But after we had decided on our older son's name, we got to know that it's a fairly common name for kids...but since he was born on a special day, we added another name to it and made it unique. But he's known among everyone with the first part of his name (which is pretty common)....there are around 10 kids in his school (that I know of) who have the name. Aaditya is another hot indian favourite. I teach kindergarten and we have two Aaditya(s) in my class and there are just two flats on the same floor as ours....and each has a child named Aaditya! There are another two Aaditya's in the apartment complex we stay at....and 2 of my classmates have named their kids Aaditya. Quite a handful of Aaditya's that I know!
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thanks, SViswan. Bless you and all the kindergarten teachers out in the world. That is such an important year for children and they deserve the greatest teachers at that time.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Since moving to USA, I've been a little concerned about my sons name 'Madison'. Not a common boys name these days, in yet it was from the late 1800s to about 1980s or so. It's been used less and less for boys and more commonly used for girls since the movie 'Splash' came out in 1984/5. I'm worried he's going to be teased. I get funny looks when I introduce him to other parents, and have only heard one other boy laugh about his name. Back then I had not realised that Madison was also used as a girls name as it was not a known name in New Zealand. However it is here in USA. I wanted to name my son Luke (or Luka - Luke in Samoan) but my hubby didn't like the name. He searched online and found Madison meaning 'Son of Matthew' and 'Son of a Mighty Warrior' - he liked it instantly because his name is Matthew too lol. I know there isn't another 'boy' Madison at his school.
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• Canada
6 Oct 08
So sorry maddysmommy I must confess I always thought you had a little girl...The name is associated with girls here in Canada as well but I can see how your husband would like that definition....Perhaps that should be shared with more people, it might help them understand! :) I know the last thing we want is for our children to be teased and to feel that it is our fault... I kind of know what you mean though as my boys initials are J.R. First and middle names...My Uncle used to call him that and it really bothered me as he was named James after my dad and that is his name, nothing else!! Also, I did not realize this until after he was born and named but our last name kind of sounds like "Bond" not spelt anything like it though but people like to have their fun....Heart breaking to me really! ~Heavens~
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
6 Oct 08
That's ok Heavenschild :) As long as my son and others understand the meaning of his name then I think he will be ok. As far as I'm aware, he really likes his name. There are so many unisex names out there nowadays it's hard to keep up lol. My sister was going to name her youngest daughter after me "Rachel" but their last name is "Hunter" and they didn't want their daughter being named after the model and ex wife to Rod Stuart "Rachel Hunter". They called her Jessykah instead. :)
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I love the meaning of his name, maddysmommy. Madison is a very strong sounding name for a boy. I know a little boy named Madison here in Texas.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I always wanted my kids to have very original names. I have a common name, especially for the year I was born. I always had at least one other girl in my class with the same name as I had.. and it drove me nuts! My oldest son definitly has an original name. It's something you'd only really hear in the hispanic communities... Javier Then when my twins came along hubby and I had a really hard time coming up with unique names. Obviously I didn't keep up with the latest trends.. because they ended up having quite common names, although when I thought of the name I thought it was rather uncommon...Tyler Funny thing is the only uncommon thing about my daughter's name is that it is typically a boy's name. Last year she actually had a boy in her class with the same name. oops! LOL But there is also a girl down the street that has her name as well.... Tristan. My toddler also has a common name... and again I thought it was not so common when I named him, but have now learned it is very common... Aydan. But the baby... his name is both common and unique. It is a name that I heard a lot while growing up... but it has a unique spelling... Mathieu.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
That is funny I have heard all those names I even dated a Javier when I was in highschool many years ago lol. I will say I have not seen mathew spelled mathieu before. I just had to comment cause of the Javier name.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
What a great group of names for your kids! I really like the unique spelling of Mathieu.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
Javier is a rather common name in the hispanic communities... as I said. But most people we meet are unfamiliar with the name until they've met my son. I just really like the sound of it. Mathieu is the french spelling of Mathew. I'm not sure if the French pronounce it different... but I pronounce it the same.
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
6 Oct 08
Hi makingpots, Wow. That's really something about the similarities in all of those names. When 'we' were naming our daughter, we had it narrowed down to several choices. In the end, we both liked the name selected by my (late) husband. I'm really glad that we decided to go that route. Now I can proudly tell my daughter (seventeen), that her dad chose her name. She was just two when he passed away, so this means a lot to us. Take care.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Oh, I didn't know that, someonesmom. Wow. It is very special that you are able to tell her that.
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• Canada
15 Oct 08
Thanks. I'm happy to be able to share these things with her, as it's very hard to keep his memory alive to her.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
lol... that is too funny! what is even better is that if our next is a boy, his name will be grayson! lol to answer your question, no i do not think about trends when i name my children. both of my boy's names were picked out long before we had them, and the names mostly came from the fact that a) we liked the names and b) they were the only names that my hubby and i could agree on! :) i honestly prefer names that are not as common. not that i like off-the-wall names, but i like my kid's names to be somewhat unique. our second son's name is liam, and i have yet to meet another one. :)
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Lol. Now this is funny..... my best friends son name is Liam(he's 2). When she named him I didn't know another one at all, but now they are everywhere around us. And for the record, all the Graysons I know are little sweethearts.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
wow, what a coincidence! lol i found the name liam on the computer- i had exhausted all the names in my baby book since all the ones i had picked out my husband had said no to. :) i was actually shocked that he agreed to it. turns out it means "william" which is my father's name. worked out perfectly! my hubby was reading a book a few months ago and came across the name grayson- he said "here's a name you would probably like" and the way he said it was all sarcastic, because he hates most of the names i like and thinks they are strange. so i asked what it was, expecting some horrific name, and when he said grayson, i was like, "oh...that's kindof cute." lol and another surprise when he ddi not argue. :)
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I guess you could say what I did was "reverse thinking" about naming my kids. I didn't want to name my sons anything that was 'in' or 'cool' at the time. Trends change. Trendy things become old-fashioned, out-of-date. Trends DO tend to go in circles so, what's cool now will be cool again in 20 or 30 years. BUT, there is all that 'in-between' time when those trendy things aren't cool. My mother named me something that I consider to be extremely old-fashioned. For that reason, I go by a nickname. NO ONE names their kids 'Martha' anymore! It's for that very reason that I chose the names I did for my kids. Their names won't go out of style: Matthew and Joshua, a.k.a. Matt and Josh. No, I didn't chose these names because they're biblical; I simply liked the names and they 'fit' my kids. AFTER I had named them I began to see that these names were actually 'in' names at the time! My son Josh's best friend's name was Josh. My son Matt had another kid in his school with the exact name... first AND last! Fortunately, those names are still popular. I believe they always will be. It's good for their psyche's. I still refuse to be a 'Martha'. Marti
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I'm sure your mother meant well, Martha, er uh Marti. You are so right, Joshua and Matthew will never go out of style.
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@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
6 Oct 08
I was not a trend follower either. My oldest boy name is Brandon. I have always liked that name. My middle childs name is Michael Thomas Lee. he dad is Michael William (not last name but first and middle names). My daughter name is Kassandra witha "K" which not many people use. Or the double "S" that seems to drive people nuts.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Nice names, rusty2rusty.
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• China
6 Oct 08
Hi, there. I am thinking of the name for my kid in the future. I haven't had one but perhaps in the near future I am gonna have a baby and I'd like to think over it now. Say I am also trying give him/her a special name because it's so easy to get mixed if you just give a commom name and then the teacher will have to add something before their names, like little Jason and Big Jason... BTW, how do you think Annabell as a girl's name? I am just into it and I think it will become my kid's name if it is a girl baby, lol..
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I like the name Annabell very much, Denise_Tung. Good luck choosing names in the future.
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
6 Oct 08
In my case I didn't think about trends when naming my only son. His name is the same as mine. I was named after my grandfather, great grand father and great great grandfather. So my son would be a kind of John Doe V. It's a pity my father's name is not the same as ours.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
7 Oct 08
A family name. Very good.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I more noticed this when I was growing up than now. My sons name is Jakob. That is always a fairly common name. This year I don't think he has a Jacob in his class, but prior years he did. My name was super common when I was growing up, and now you barely hear it at all. My husbands niece is named Kadence. When she told us the name she was the 5th person in a week I had either been told or read that they were naming their girl that.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Jakob is such a strong, classic name. 5th person is a week, wow. I haven't heard Kadence yet. But life is so funny..... I'll probably hear it 5 times next week.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
I don't recall following any trends when I named my sons, but I do know that I wanted to make sure they didn't have issues with having to spell their names for other people (sorry, no "unique" spelling from me!), and that there were no negative stereotypes associated with their names (like Waldo... I would never name my son Waldo). My sons in birth order are Andrew, Eric, Jonathan and Alex(ander). So far none of them have had any classmates with the same name, and to the best of my knowledge, there are very few children in their school with those names (Andrew being a bit of an exception in Eric's grade, where there are 3 of them... all were in the same class last year. Eek!)
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Those are four very strong names, CanadaGal. That poor teacher with 3 Andrews in her class.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
17 Oct 08
I just realized that they're all in the same class again this year, the Andrews. Two are Andrew G's, but one goes by AJ, and has since Senior Kindergarten. The other Andrew is Andrew C. The two G's have VERY similar sounding surnames too (Greenham and Greimans).
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I'm surprised they all use Andrew. The ones I knew when I was younger went by 'Andy' or 'Drew'. Very few of them introduced themselves as Andrew.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I have noticed this in some families , all of their first names start with the same letter. Then I met a family that used the mothers maiden name as the middle name for all their children,male and female. Guess the trend will live on as the oldest daughter is now doing the same with her firstborn.Funny how some years you will hear a name more than in the following year. It seems Jennifer was one that was popular for years. Just ask a teacher and she will laugh about that one. It wasn't unusual to have 2 or more in the same class with that name.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
I was the third C child in my family. There was Christopher Lance, Curtis Wayne and then me Cindy LeAnn. I accidently perpetuated by naming my daughter Caitlin Marie. Go figure.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
6 Oct 08
My siblings and I all had the same initials. My dad thought he would start a business one day and name it those initials.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
7 Oct 08
My dad is one of 13 children and all of their first names start with an "S". One of my uncles decided to name his kids "S" too. An aunt has 5 "K's".
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yep I believe we thought about trends when naming our kids. We have 3 girls so we went with common, easy to spell and pronounce names from the '70's. I don't recall any of them being in a classroom with an overload of their individual names though which is a good thing. When I was growing up there were so many Carol's that we were called by our last names. My maiden name was so long and very difficult to pronounce. Now I don't hear that name very often.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
My name is also Carol. But I was in high school before I ever had another Carol in school with me. Since then I have met quite a few. There are three in the town I live with my same exact name..... my married name is rather common. One of them used to play tennis at the same club where I played. We never met but often got calls from people looking for the other one to play as a sub. And one of them has my same birthday but born in different years. I discovered that at my pharmacy one day and it made me uneasy. I switched all my prescriptions to another pharmacy because of it.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Oct 08
There are 3 or 4 other people with the exact name as mine with the same spelling. My married name is not real common either. One person has the same birthday as mine also but is a couple of years older. It was confusing since we both saw the same dermatologist at one point. The name Carol was very common when I was a kid but I rarely hear the name now. I do like my middle name and thought about reversing them but just never did it.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
6 Oct 08
i never thought about that. I wanted to give my children names that were simple but meaningful. names that i felt belonged to them. I have a Victor, Donovan, and a Olivia. very simple but very strong names. i never wanted to be like the masses. I always danced to the music in my own head. and I pray my kids do the same
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Those are indeed strong, simple but meaningful names. That is a good prayer to have for your kids.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
15 Oct 08
thanks makingpots. i think so too
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
15 Oct 08
I'm quite traditional about names, and really hate the new fashion for 'made-up' names which are parts of two different names squashed together. There are some pretty horrible offerings around - none of which I'll mention because I'd be sure to offend hundreds of people. I chose names which were traditional, but not too common - I didn't want my children sharing their name with half a dozen other children in their classes.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
16 Oct 08
We think alike.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
8 Oct 08
My son is a Matthew. I did not want a trendy name for him, I wanted a classic. SInce he was born before the internet, I did not realize that it is always and extremely popular name and has been forever. His father wanted Andrew, but I did not like Andy as a nickname and he did not like Drew. I am a deborah, there was 5 deborah in my 1st grade class (what were people thinking) I prefer something a little less popular.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Matthew is a good classic name.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
Well, it can be helpful not to have seven Jason's in one class. There are many names out there, however, so I wouldn't think this crops up all the time. Does it?
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I doubt it does all the time.
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@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
6 Oct 08
I didn't think of trends at all when I named my children...actually we have 2 boys and both times we only had girls names picked out as we couldn't come up with boys names that we both liked! While I was in labour with our first my husband & mum were talking about boys names in case it was a boy & my husband said he liked "Jack" but hadn't said anything to me because he knew I wouldn't like it - I said no way, but after our baby was born I looked at him & he sure was a "Jack"...only later did I realise that Jack is actually what my husbands grandfather has been called all his life and was very happy I had changed my mind. Our second son had no name for a few hours - I found myself laying on the operating table during the c-section trying to come up with a boys name as I just knew he was a boy (I had this feeling for months but I just knew for sure then)...I thought it funny I couldn't think of names starting with vowels (don't know why I thought of this) as I was going through and through the alphabet laying there trying to come up with a name we would like...then "Oscar" came to me & I told hubby & he wasn't sure & said we would think on it a while...a few hours later I asked him what he thought now & he said yes, he liked it....so now we have Jack and Oscar - both strong boys names I think and not all that common around where we live.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Those are both very strong boys names. My husband and I were unable to come up with any girls names..... we would have been in the same situation. We found out what we were having so we felt okay, but there was always that small chance.
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